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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Nov 26, 2010 4:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Fingers 1982 - 1995

Thanks for this thread; I hope it turns out like the 76 CF thread.....
Now for MveryHOs:
Ones that I stand out in my memories out of those that I saw:
palindromic 7-8-87
front row 10.23.89
my flawed first 10.8.83
Jer's come-backs & dinner w/Weir & Barlow 12.16.86
3rd show I saw at the Fab Furry Fox 10.29.85
Close Encounters of the Indy Kind 7-15-89
in the rubber room that was the Zenith 10.27.90
& one that was good for its time7-16-94

(It turns out that these were all the CFs that I saw....& all but the 94 stood out as memorable before consulting setlists.net.)

My early taped fav was 7.29.82, & each of the Frost performances seem to be worthwhile as I recall.

As Jerry's diabetic peripheral neuropathy caught hold of his fingers in the '90s, the tune lost its zing to me.

[BTW, little know but pretty definite medical research has show that vitamin B-1, aka thiamin(e) (~?300mg/day), and/or its more-effective derivative benfotiamine can stop & even reverse diabetic (hyperglycemic) nerve damage to the eyes, kidneys & periphery within, AS A BEST GUESS ~?18-24 months. Check out PUBMED & WIKIPEDIA; share the info with your MD if you're diabetic. There is no change seem in the progression of diabetes, only in the damage caused by elevated blood sugar. I'm not an MD, but I'm a scientist with a PhD: & I say this hoping to help someone reading this post (...wish it could of helped Jerry & several of my deceased family members).] God Bless

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 26, 2010 7:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Crazy Fingers 1982 - 1995

>Jerry's diabetic peripheral neuropathy caught hold of his fingers in the '90s,

Really? Was that diagnosed, or an educated guess? Sheds an interesting light on the 90s if true.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Nov 26, 2010 9:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Less & less Crazy Fingers -> 1995

His diabetes was well-known; the peripheral neuropathy a confirmed dx? Well, good question, & I don't recall where I first heard it, but it was in the early-mid 1990s.
Anybody else have any recollections?

BTW, I had a nurse friend who was working at Marin Gen when they brought Jer in in 7/1986. Long story made short: his blood sugar upon admission was the highest the Dr had seen & had the patient live (right Sam?)...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 26, 2010 10:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Less & less Crazy Fingers -> 1995

Of course I knew about the diabetes; am wondering about the impact on his playing, if he did suffer from nerve damage. I hadn't heard that, but it stands to reason.

Also, I knew he had to relearn to play after the coma, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to spot the difference afterwards, but I've wondered if those who are knowledgeable can see any changes. Then if nerve damage set in later ... I'd thought of the diabetes mainly in relation to tiredness, and then of course the drug issues compounding everything, but hadn't though of a physical impact on playing ability. Which would have to have been depressing for him (and everyone else). And we can guess how he'd deal with it ...

Highest ever blood sugar? Whoa. Tough guy, apparently. Too bad he wasn't tough enough to get healthy ... (sigh).

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-11-27 06:21:58